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Alexander’s Story

My name is Alexander (Alex) Scogins. I am a six year old bundle of energy that happens to be battling Metastatic Medulloblastoma. I really don’t think about it that much and try to stay positive for my Mom and Dad. Take some time and read about my journey. Please continue to send prayers for strength and healing during this difficult time.

Over a week ago while we were having our family portraits taken, Alex got sick. Initially we thought it was the flu and that it would pass. He stayed home from school on Monday as he was still feeling sick. On Tuesday he went back to school as he was feeling better. While on a field trip he became sick again and kept throwing up. We took him to Dr. Eastham on Thursday who said that it might be migraines and gave him some medicine to help with that. He also said that if things didn’t improve within 24 hours that we should call back. Needless to say, the symptoms didn’t go away. He said we should take him to the hospital to have him evaluated and we did. We don’t take the kids anywhere but Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital when they need more acute treatment (and you should do the same withyour little ones if you live in the area). The physicians did a series of neurological evaluations and decided to do a CAT scan which revealed a mass on his Cerebellum. The neurosurgeon came down and recommended that we perform surgery to remove the mass after more test to confirm the findings. Well, that is exactly what happened which brings us to the present. Read our updates to see what is happening and keep the prayers coming...

God Bless,
The Scogins’ Family

Latest Journal Update

Two Years

A few days ago marked the two year anniversary since Alex finished all of his chemo/radiation. Getting past the first year was most significant but making it to two is a milestone in itself. Seeing as most people with his cancer have an average life expectancy of 18 months (all but one case, now 2) I would say that we are doing pretty darn good. Each year that he remains cancer free is a victory and gives us more hope. I think that several things have contributed to his success thus far. First and foremost the power of prayer and God's healing power. Second is the positive energy that all of his family and friends brought into his fight. I also truly believe that the holistic treatments that we did in combination with the prescribed treatments kept him cancer free. We certainly can't leave out the amazing doctors that were and still are involved with his treatment. I am going to try and get with my brother to do a two year celebratory video for Alex as I think he has earned it.

He is cancer free but we still deal with the after effects of the cancer, radiation and chemotherapy on a daily basis. He has to use a walker at school and has pretty significant strength and balance issues. I know physical therapy would help him so much but I am unable to get him to therapy during the week with my work schedule and having two other kids to care for. I try to do therapy with him at home but sometimes (many times) it just doesn't happen. Everyone is tired after a long day of school/work so we concede the session for that day. He is also struggling with significant cognitive issues. I am not sure if this is all the cancer or some cancer and his ADD. He struggles to read at a second grade level and write well. His younger brother and sister who are in kindergarten write better than he does. I am working with him on his reading daily but it is a struggle. I was thinking about looking for a tutor but the time and financial constraints make that unlikely at this point. One of my coworkers suggested the use of essential oils to help with his cognitive issues so I am going to check that out. It all boils down to the fact that cancer will be with Alex for the rest of his life. I can handle the side effects and will help him work through those issues. I know many cancer families would give anything to be in our spot and recognize how blessed we are. If you have any suggestions please don't hesitate to shoot me a message (   Thanks for all of your support and love.

Chris and Family